Curatorial Studies


Guarantor of Curatorial Studies course
prof. Mgr. Michal Koleček, Ph.D.
T: +420 475 285 186

Administrative Officer at Department of History and Theory of Arts
Šárka Stehlíková
T: +420 475 285 114




Contact Mgr. Eva Mráziková, Ph.D. over to arrange an individual consultation with the Guarantor of Curatorial Studies. 


Course overview and teaching staff

Department of History and Theory of Arts at Faculty of Art and Design UJEP in Ústí nad Labem

This master degree possesses of a unique focus and character. Curatorial Studies is a relatively young course which is mainly formed in connection with the development of specifics of operations, production, interpretation and socialization of contemporary fine art. The teaching and creative structure of the course combine two basic approaches – emphasis on the theoretical reflection on current art works and focus on gaining basic skills in production field and institutional work in museum and gallery environment. In this connection, the master degree in Curatorial Studies provides students with a fundamental insight into historical and methodological issues of fine art, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries. Moreover, it also offers a number of workshops and seminars focused both on conceptual idea level and on management and implementation of specific creative exhibition projects.

The specific character of the Curatorial Studies course is reinforced by the combined manner of organisation of the study plan. The study plan combines traditional manners of teaching in the form of lectures, seminars and practical outputs realized in the studios through a study subject Curatorship Workshop. When organising the study course, a fundamental emphasis is put on the production of public student outputs within annual exhibition projects which also provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the organisation of exhibition operations. 

One of the interesting merits of the Curatorial Studies is a mutual communication among students who are graduated from different bachelor courses specialised in art creation, history and theory of arts, art education or production and art marketing. Such environment enables to create inspiring and creative multidisciplinary teams and projects. 

Moreover, it is necessary to mention the strong emphasis placed on internationalisation and the opportunity of international and domestic study and work internships through Erasmus+ programme. Faculty of Art and Design UJEP creates and runs a sufficient number of facilities and exhibition institutions for work internships also in Ústí nad Labem, such as The Ústí nad Labem House of Arts, Gallery of Emil Filla, Rampa Ústí nad Labem, BillboArt Gallery Ústí nad Labem. The students of Curatorial Studies gradually join the activities of the named institutions and thus they gain invaluable practical experience already during their studies. 

Furthermore, the portfolio of study programmes at Faculty of Art and Design UJEP allows the graduates of Curatorial Studies course to apply for continuation of studies in the doctoral degree in Visual Communication, which also includes aspects of curatorial work in the field of the current visual art scene and in a wider socio-cultural context. 

The founder and guarantor of the master degree in Curatorial Studies is prof. Mgr. Michal Koleček, Ph.D., who is also the Head of Department of History and Theory of Arts at Faculty of Art and Design UJEP where this course is offered since 2007. Michal Koleček deals with the history and theory of fine art and design with a focus on the issue of contemporary artistic expressions; curatorial studies focusing on the development of methods of contemporary curatorial practice and the socialisation of contemporary art.


Members of the Department of History and Theory of Arts are authors of a number of publications that represent FAD UJEP in professional publishing activities. Moreover, they win numerous awards, such as The Most Beautiful Czech Book. Students or graduates join the rich publishing activities creating catalogues for the exhibitions or other projects. 


Our graduates

Graduates of Curatorial Studies can be employed as independent curators or curators or lecturers in galleries and museums, public, private or commercial sectors. They will gain skills necessary for exhibition preparations both in international and domestic cultural institutions. The graduates will find jobs in the editorial offices of professional periodicals or in publishing houses oriented towards fine arts and cultural history, in journalism and art criticism, or in the field of visual communication and its administration.


Curator and Executive Manager of the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts


Curator of Prague City Gallery


Curator of Museum of Modern Art in Olomouc


Kristýna Hájková, Alžběta Horáčková a Diana Kněžínková
Curators and founders of independent creative platform

Freelance curator, programme “Art for the City” (Prague City Gallery)

Freelance curator, Curator of Galerie 35m2, Lecturer




Building of FAD open daily

During the period from 24 March 2023 until the defense of final projects in June 2023, the building of Faculty of Art and Design will be open daily, including weekends, from 8am to 10pm.

Barrande Fellowship Programme 2023

The French Institute in Prague and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MSMT) are happy to announce the new launch of the Barrande Fellowship Programme for 2023, the exchange mobility programme for Ph.D. students between the Czech Republic and France.

Opencall / Talente – Master of the Future

Talente – Masters of the Future“ is an annual competition for new talent in the areas of design and technology. The focus of the competition is on work that shines through its formal and technical originality and technical perfection, and is ahead of its time. 

phonon~ festival / Thinking Sonic Environments conference

We kindly invite you to Thinking Sonic Enviroments conference and phonon~ festival held in Ústí nad Labem. A space for transdisciplinary discussions of various approaches to description and exploration of sonic environments and two-day celebration of live audiovisual art, experimental electronic music and spatial audio.

The start of teaching in winter semester 2022/2023 at FAD UJEP

Teaching in winter semester of the academic year 2022/2023 at FAD UJEP will start on Monday 26 September 2022. The timetable for winter semester will be published on the webpage of the faculty one week before the teaching starts. All deadlines and key dates of the academic year 2022/2023 are published on FAD Schedule